[nSLUG] Cleaning out my desk...

Robin Murray subscriptions at robinandmariette.com
Sun Nov 11 10:15:05 AST 2007


I remember booting (IPL'ing) IBM mainframes back when these large disk 
arrays were still around. It was like standing among a dozen jet 
engines, each spooling up about 10 seconds apart. That's when computers 
were COMPUTERS.

Robin

Jeff Warnica wrote:
> I fond a model label plate from an IBM 3380 E.
>
> The "E" model of the IBM 3380 Direct Access Storage device was released
> in 1985, in "single" or "double" capacity versions. The "double"
> capacity of them could store "5.04 billion characters per unit", which I
> suppose works out to just shy of 5 GB. Physical size, you ask? 8 racks.
> Not 8 rack /units/, 8 racks.
>
> For the bargain cost of $134,740 for the highest capacity system...
> Slightly more then $250,000 in 2006 dollars.
>
>   




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